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Most student governments with large enough budgets pay their members - usually executive positions, but sometimes members of the student legislature are compensated too. Their stated purpose is foremost explained as a way to make sure working class students aren't shut out of student government roles. Stipend use is an easy fix, and as with most easy fixes, it's also a shoddy one.

Students involved with the New School and NYU occupations are on tour discussing their experiences and viewpoints regarding the trend toward student occupations in the US. From New York to California — to Vienna — students are taking control of their universities to effect social change.